Last Tuesday, in "Pharaoh's Dream, Part 2", we saw some practical suggestions for how to "store up" faith in God during our times of plenty, in order to have enough to get us through the times of famine. But what if those times of "famine" drag on, seemingly forever? Will we be able to truly "store up" enough to get us through?

This was exactly the type of "famine" that was predicted in Pharaoh's dream. In Joseph's interpretation, he said, "The next seven years will be a period of great prosperity throughout the land of Egypt. But afterward there will be seven years of famine so great that all the prosperity will be forgotten in Egypt. Famine will destroy the land. This famine will be so severe that even the memory of the good years will be erased." (Gen. 41: 29-31 NLT).

I believe we can all relate to this. The good times seem to fly by so quickly that we don't even realize how many "years of plenty" we've been granted; but once those "years of famine" set in, each day seems to be 10 years long. Is it possible that even the best "storing up" of faith that we can do during our good times will not give us enough faith to get through the tough times ahead?

If we examine the Biblical story recorded in Gen. 41-47, we see that despite all the "storing up" that they did, "...both Egypt and Canaan wasted away because of the famine." (Gen. 47:13 NLT), just as it was directly predicted in Pharaoh's dream: "These thin, scrawny cows ate the seven fat cows. But afterward you wouldn't have known it, for they were still as thin and scrawny as before!" (Gen. 41:20, 21 NLT).

When times are hard, it does, indeed, seems like that any encouragement and strength we receive is just swiped immediately away by the next wave of trouble, leaving us feeling as empty as before. Notice, however, that despite being thin and scrawny, those seven skinny cows did not die. They survived. And so did the people of Egypt and Canaan. It wasn't easy for them. In fact, over the years, they had to give all their money, livestock and land in order pay for the grain (See Gen. 47:13-26). Nonetheless, at the end of the seven years of famine, they were still alive.

If you have adequately stored up God's blessings during the good times, you will survive as well. It won't be easy, but you will make it through!

But what should we be doing during those hard times? Join us on Saturday for Part 4: "In the Meantime..." the concluding part of the "Pharaoh's Dream" mini-series.

In His love,

Lynona Gordon Chaffart, Speech-Language Pathologist, mother of two, Author -- "Aboard God's Train -- A Journey With God Through the Valley of Cancer", Author and Moderator for The Nugget, a tri-weekly internet newsletter, and Scriptural Nuggets, a website devoted to Christian devotionals and inspirational poems, with Answers2Prayer Ministries. Follow Lyn on Twitter @lynchaffart.

(To access the entire "Pharaoh's Dream" mini-series, please click here.)